Parliament and Slavery, 1660–c.1710

  title={Parliament and Slavery, 1660–c.1710},
  author={Ruth Paley and Cristina Malcolmson and Michael Hunter},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  pages={257 - 281}
The discovery of the texts of several abortive bills that would enable the regulation of the status of slaves by Parliament at Westminster provides an opportunity for a preliminary exploration of a hitherto unknown discourse about slavery in late seventeenth-and early eighteenth-century England. The proposed legislation focused on the spiritual welfare of slaves and the associated need to eradicate the traditional belief that baptism conferred manumission. These documents suggest that slavery… 

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